Make your garden Hedgehog friendly with a wildlife area

 

Make an escape route from your garden pond with a ramp or shallow area

 

Always check overgrown areas before using garden machinery particularly strimmer's and mowers

 

Take care when using a garden fork or spade in overgrown areas and the compost area

 

Slug pellets are poisonous and will kill Hedgehogs.  Please do not use them. 

 

Take care with fencing wire and netting.  Keep it off  ground level

 

Check through your bonfire thoroughly before lighting.

 

Never feed hedgehogs milk based food or drink.  A shallow dish of water is much appreciated by visiting hogs particularly in dry weather. 

Cover any holes or pits that a hedgehog may fall into. 

 

 Hedgehogs in your Garden

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Notice any unusual Hedgehog behaviour.  They should not be out during the daytime (an exception is a nesting female Hog with babies to feed. If unsure always seek advice (telephone Judy or any wildlife rescue center)  Quite often a poorly Hedgehog can easily be saved and returned to the wild with early intervention  

Be Dog Aware  

Dogs most likely to attack hedgehogs are Terriers, Lurchers and Huskies, however any dog has the potential to attack and cause serious injury or kill a hedgehog.  

It is an extremely traumatic experience not only for the hedgehog but also for the dog owner. 

*putting a light on 5 minutes before letting your dog out at night can help 

*consider making a dog free zone or highway through your garden 

 *Unfortunately once a dog has attacked a hedgehog they are more than likely to do so again. 

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Hedgehog Highways - make a highway in your garden fence.  Go to www.hedgehogstreet.org for further information.

 

Sign up to a petition to make compulsory Hedgehog Highways in all newbuilds   

 

Talk to neighbours and encourage your  community to create a hedgehog friendly neighbourhood

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Install a Hedgehog house or feedstation in your garden -  available to purchase or make your own

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Become  an Autumn/Winter  overwintering volunteer

 Loan hutches and full support are provided with a strict release policy   Contact us by email pricklesinapickle@yahoo.com  

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 Never give hedgehogs milk based products

 Leaving out a shallow bowl of fresh water is a most welcome drink-stop on a nightly forage.   

Hedgehogs will need to visit ten gardens a night to feed -  consider making a hedgehog access gap between neighbouring fences.

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